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Old 06-05-2023, 09:26 PM   #1
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Broken License Plate Bracket

Hi! I just got an '06 Laredo 31RL a month or so ago and I finally got it registered. When I went to put on my new plates, I noticed one of the bracket tabs was broken I found a few threads talking about the replacement process for similar brackets to mine (here and here), but it seems like if the little plastic tabs keep breaking on folks then there's got to be a better option than just. Replacing it with the same brittle plastic.
I know I can get a third party bracket like in one of the threads I linked, but since it's brand new (to me) I'm hesitant to drill directly into the wall. Has anyone had any success with reinforcing the tabs with metal or anything? Thanks
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Old 06-06-2023, 05:22 AM   #2
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The "other" thread probably covered the gauntlet of options for you. Of course, the easiest way to fix the problem is to simply get a new tail light and move on.

But, just to ease your anxiety, drilling a hole is no problem. Just drill the hole enough to make a hole and not go through to the inside of the camper. Install a new license plate bracket (Make sure the white light from the tail light still exposes the plate after dark) and then use putty around the screws so make the holes water tight. You'll be good to go.
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Old 06-06-2023, 05:52 AM   #3
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Hi! I just got an '06 Laredo 31RL a month or so ago and I finally got it registered. When I went to put on my new plates, I noticed one of the bracket tabs was broken I found a few threads talking about the replacement process for similar brackets to mine (here and here), but it seems like if the little plastic tabs keep breaking on folks then there's got to be a better option than just. Replacing it with the same brittle plastic.
I know I can get a third party bracket like in one of the threads I linked, but since it's brand new (to me) I'm hesitant to drill directly into the wall. Has anyone had any success with reinforcing the tabs with metal or anything? Thanks
I found the whole light assembly cheap on Amazon and E-Trailer. There are exact replacements, and minimal skill level to replace. Need to reseal parameter of light if you do replace.
I actually replaced both sides with license plate mounts and installed a decorative plate opposite of my state plate.
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Old 06-06-2023, 11:13 AM   #4
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Ok thank you! I'll just replace it for now and figure out some way to reinforce the new one so it doesn't break too
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Actually, is there a real seal around the lens?

Would I just be able to create tabs out of sheet metal that screw into the two bottom light mounting screws and go between the lens and the mount to attach the license plate?
It doesn't look like the light actually seals but it seems like it'd have to to keep the bulbs alive?
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Actually, is there a real seal around the lens?

Would I just be able to create tabs out of sheet metal that screw into the two bottom light mounting screws and go between the lens and the mount to attach the license plate?
It doesn't look like the light actually seals but it seems like it'd have to to keep the bulbs alive?
You should choose the method that best suits you, but drilling hole in your coach would be my 100th option.
There’s no gasket, just RTV silicone, and they leak if it’s done the way the factory does it, which is why the light bulb sockets corrode quickly. I sealed inside and the parameter after replacement.
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You should choose the method that best suits you, but drilling hole in your coach would be my 100th option.
Thereís no gasket, just RTV silicone, and they leak if itís done the way the factory does it, which is why the light bulb sockets corrode quickly. I sealed inside and the parameter after replacement.

Ok, so sealing the lens itself is a good idea then, I'll try that when I go in there.
As for drilling new holes, I don't want to do that either. The idea I was thinking of would use the existing screws and holes that mount the light to also mount a stronger bracket. I've made a little drawing using someone else's image to better communicate what I'm getting at and am including a pic of something I threw together. I can just make little tabs that hang out the bottom I think?
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Ok, so sealing the lens itself is a good idea then, I'll try that when I go in there.
As for drilling new holes, I don't want to do that either. The idea I was thinking of would use the existing screws and holes that mount the light to also mount a stronger bracket. I've made a little drawing using someone else's image to better communicate what I'm getting at and am including a pic of something I threw together. I can just make little tabs that hang out the bottom I think?
Not to be "too" sarcastic, but you must really like this light assembly. Because spending $15 on a replacement would've been my option of choice. Just my honest opinion.
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Old 06-09-2023, 09:48 AM   #9
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Not to be "too" sarcastic, but you must really like this light assembly. Because spending $15 on a replacement would've been my option of choice. Just my honest opinion.
Lol yeah, replacing is definitely the better option but rn it's in storage so I can't level the sealant (no water). I figure if the metal tabs work well enough to get it from place A to place B then I can replace it later.
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Lol yeah, replacing is definitely the better option but rn it's in storage so I can't level the sealant (no water). I figure if the metal tabs work well enough to get it from place A to place B then I can replace it later.
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Old 06-15-2023, 12:13 PM   #11
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Rather than replace the broken bracket from theft of the license plate, I now place the license plate in the rear facing widow above the kitchen sink showing the plate number. It was a clean break at the tail light so no issue with the cleanup.
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Rather than replace the broken bracket from theft of the license plate, I now place the license plate in the rear facing widow above the kitchen sink showing the plate number. It was a clean break at the tail light so no issue with the cleanup.
Until you run across some bored trooper/ cop that will give you a ticket for display of plate for having it in the window.
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